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The Anti-American Manifesto Paperback – September 28, 2010
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Twice the winner of the RFK Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rall's important books include "Revenge of the Latchkey Kids," about the travails of Generation X, and "Silk Road to Ruin," a survey of ex-Soviet Central Asia. He traveled to Afghanistan during the fall 2001 U.S. invasion, where he drew and wrote "To Afghanistan and Back," the first book of any kind about the war. He was also one of the first journalists to declare the war effort doomed, writing in The Village Voice in December 2001 that the occupation had already been lost.
Rall's latest book is "The Book of Obama: How We Went From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt." His next book, "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan," comes out in November 2013.
Inspired after meeting pop artist Keith Haring in a Manhattan subway station in 1986, Rall began posting his cartoons on New York City streets. He eventually picked up 12 small clients, including NY Weekly and a poetry review in Halifax, Nova Scotia, through self-syndication. In 1990, he returned to Columbia University to resume his studies, from which he graduated with a bachelor of arts with honors in history in 1991. (His honors thesis was about American plans to occupy France as an enemy power at the end of World War II.) Later that year, Rall's cartoons were signed for national syndication by San Francisco Chronicle Features, which is no longer in business. He moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 1996.
His cartoons now appear in more than 100 publications around the United States, including the Los Angeles Times, Tucson Weekly, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Pasadena Weekly and MAD Magazine.
Rall considers himself a neo-traditionalist who uses a unique drawing style to revive the aggressive approach of Thomas Nast, who viewed editorial cartoons as a vehicle for change. His focus is on issues important to ordinary working people--he keeps a sign asking "What do actual people care about?" above his drafting table--such as un- and underemployment, the environment and popular culture, but also comments on political and social trends.
Top Customer Reviews
And if you think it's far-fetched or fantastic to contemplate the end of the federal government, ask yourself: How will the U.S. resolve its national debt? The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan? How will the U.S. solve 20% unemployment and 1 in 8 homeowners facing foreclosure? How will the U.S. respond when Global Warming starts to flood coastal cities and pollution gives 40% of its children asthma?
Which is more far-fetched: the government of the U.S. suddenly reversing a 35-year trend to become functional, wise, unified, effective and decisive? Or a continuation of the gradual, spiraling path toward a crash and burn?
Ted Rall is one of the smartest, most honest, best-educated and hardest working of American political thinkers, having put himself in harm's way twice by traveling in Afghanistan unescorted by the military. He knew from the get-go that the U.S. war in Afghanistan was doomed, and he was among the first to write of the U.S. gulags now circling the globe.Read more ›
Some of the previous reviewers accuse Ted Rall of not offering an alternative to the current system. I assume that they failed to read the bit about "...a transition to socialism". Indeed, Rall is a socialist and the alternative according to him is a transition to a system that operates in accordance with the principle of fulfilling basic human need through a democratically and centrally-planned system of production.
Rall understands that social revolution and serious business and points out that the immediate consequences might be civil war or even the breakup of the country--as it has been the case in history.Read more ›
Shooting to appeal to the sensibilities of everyone in the political spectrum, though still obviously left leaning, Rall outlines the major problems currently plaguing America with an effort to appeal to the sensibilities of both the left and the right. Rall works to outline how these problems are deeper and more endemic then most Americans realize or would like to admit, perhaps even to themselves. Rall then tries to prove that these major problems plaguing America have now become so deeply entrenched and self sustaining that conventional means of socio-political problem fixing and reform, especially those that attempt to work passively and within the system's acceptable "opposition" standards, are no longer viable approaches (and may never have been). Rall argues that these problem are spiraling out of control ever faster now, and will eventually result in the collapse of America itself. What will fill the resulting void he worries might be much worse even then what American's have now, and so he asserts that immediate violent revolution is the only option American's have for a better future.
WHAT THIS IS NOT:
This is not a guide on how to be a revolutionary or on methods of (non)civil disobedience such as "The Anarchists Cookbook". Rall points out in the text that he doesn't have much experience in these veins so the interested reader should seek advise on these maters elsewhere even if he were to have provided it.
This is not a recommendation for an alternative form of government or socio-economic system in America or elsewhere. Say what you want about Rall, but he is certainly very pragmatic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is typical Ted Rall, pretty much of a rant but then I like ted Rall's rants1Published 8 months ago by T. Teater
Wow an anti American author who wins a Kennedy honor. Makes perfect sense.
Guess the crisis passed without too much of a problem and capitalism has again shown its... Read more
A comprehensive look into the very real possibility of an American revolution in the near future. Ted Rall's writing was invigorating, inspiring, and something that anyone who has... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Traveler
No i have not read every word in this work yet but i am almost done with it and find it refreshing and very needed in this day and age in america. Read morePublished 22 months ago by che handala
Read this, and get ready. This book is pretty radical. It can get pretty macho at times, but the author brings up a lot of really good points.Published on April 30, 2013 by Joshua Rollins
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There is absolutely nothing to be gained in the reading of this book, simply because this book says nothing. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Ron DiGiovanni
Looking at Rall's book "The Anti-American Manifesto" through the lens of academic review, it falls short of being anything relevant. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Brook Johnson